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A Letter to Our Readers

A Letter to Our Readers

Dear Readers,

As the editor of Local Business News’ City News, I’ve been reading up on your town. It’s a pretty interesting place.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve written about chamber of commerce mixers, community theater auditions,  school plays, nature walks, robotics teams, senior Yahtzee games, tree lightings, sleigh rides, Santa visits, free parking, shopping specials, new restaurants, new school superintendents, new police chiefs, a debate about chickens, laser printers, time capsules, road closings, construction, public art and many, many other tidbits.

In short, all the goings-on that make a community a community.

As I create each week’s digest, I’m thinking that I hope you find it interesting and helpful. Whether it’s a fun weekend event, the latest news from your schools or an item that will help you do business, we want to provide information that connects you more deeply to your community and enhances the life you live in it.

I hope you like it. And I invite you to send us news and announcements for City News. If you have photos or video, even better. Feel free to contact me anytime at

Warmest regards,

Beth Robinson

City News Editor

Local Business News


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

Royal Oak – December 26, 2018

Royal Oak – December 26, 2018

Get Your Tickets or Audition at Stagecrafters

Whether you like to sit in the front row or strut your stuff on stage, Stagecrafters has something coming up for you.

Auditions for their upcoming production of “Boeing Boeing” will be January 12 at the Baldwin Theater, starting at 8:30 a.m. In this 1960s farce, swinging bachelor Bernard has a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Audition Information.

And get your tickets now for “If / Then,” showing January 25, 2019 – February 17, 2019 at the Stagecrafters  Main Stage. “If/Then” follows Elizabeth, a divorced urban planner who moves back to New York to start anew. Sitting at a park with friends one day, she finds herself facing a simple choice when her life suddenly splits in two and each possibility plays out, leading her down two very different paths. Tickets.


Ready for a Smaller Space?

Have you thought about moving out of that big house? Done taking care of a yard or dusting unused bedrooms? Come out to the Senior Center on Tuesday, January 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to hear about the “Benefits to Downsizing,” presented by Caring Transitions of South Oakland County – Senior Relocation, Downsizing and Estate Sales Quinn Wright with Edward Jones and Kelsey Florek, President of Caring Transitions of South Oakland County. Learn about downsizing, how to plan financially, when it might be time to consider, and tips on how to do it. Call 248.246.3900 for more information or to register.

Park Quick!

Making a quick visit to Royal Oak? You’ll be glad to hear that Royal Oak is introducing a pilot program for 30-minute parking spaces in the downtown area to allow for convenient short-term parking. The program includes five designated parking spaces with 30-minute meters along Main Street between 11 Mile Road and Fourth Street. The new spaces will help with quick visits to downtown businesses as well as accommodate the surge in services like Grubhub, DoorDash Food Delivery, Uber and Lyft.

These spaces will run as a pilot program through May 2019 and will be removed or made permanent based on input from the public. The 30-minute meters have designated signage and take coins or credit card payment via ParkMobile. The cost is 50 cents for 30 minutes.

City Mourns Chef Tim Campbell

The city lost a beloved friend and coworker when Chef Tim Campbell passed away suddenly. Chef Tim prepared thousands of meals for local seniors during his career, which spanned more than three decades.

A Celebration of Life event is being planned in Chef Tim’s honor at the Mahany/Meininger Senior Center. We will provide details soon. In the meantime, donations to help Chef Tim’s family with burial expenses are being accepted at the senior center.

The senior meal program at the senior center is temporarily suspended until the new year. Please share this information with your friends and loved ones who rely on Chef Tim for meals.


Royal Oak Schools Kindergarten Information Night

Parents interested in enrolling their students in kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year can learn about Royal Oak’s kindergarten program and enrollment at 6:30 p.m. on January 17. Kindergarten Parent Information night is a chance for parents to visit their child’s future school to meet staff and learn about the curriculum, including details about a new district developmental kindergarten program.

Children must be residents and five years of age on or before September 1 to be eligible to attend kindergarten. If a child is not five years of age by the September 1 enrollment eligibility date, but will be five no later than December 1, the parent or guardian may still enroll the child in kindergarten. Call 248.435.8400 or visit the Enrollment section of the website for more information.

Kindergarten enrollment for school year 2019-20 begins at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. You can start the enrollment process by completing the on-line pre-enrollment.


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

Clawson – December 26, 2018

Clawson – December 26, 2018

Wednesday Afternoon Book Club

On the Wednesday, January 16, from 1 to 2 p.m., the Wednesday Afternoon Book Club will discuss “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue.

In it, an English nurse is brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle – a girl said to have survived without food for months. Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl and soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.

Please reserve your copy and register for this free program in the library or by phone at 248.583.6700.

Do You Have Street Smarts?

How did Wattles, John R., Coolidge and Livernois get their names? You can find out at the Senior Center on Wednesday, January 16 at 12:45 p.m. The Troy Historical Museum staff will tell you how these local streets and others got their names.

Hercule Poirot is on the Case

The Senior Center Afternoon Movie on Thursday, January 17 at 12:45 p.m. will be the 2017 version of “Murder on the Orient Express” starring Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, and Willem Dafoe. This movie is based on the Agatha Christie book, which tells the story of a murder committed on the train on which famed detective Hercule Poirot is travelling. Of course, he is recruited to solve the case. For more information, go to or call 248.583.6700.

Fermented Vegetables and Fruit

On Monday, January 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., you can learn all about fermented vegetables and fruit, and the benefits of making your own. It’s easy, fun and nutritious, plus you’ll gain the confidence to try the process at home with your own vegetables and fruit. The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook and other fermentation cookbooks and tools will be available for purchase. Registration begins January 7. This free program will be held at the library. To register, stop by or call 248.588.5500.

Take a Virtual Tour at the Clawson Historical Society Museum

Go back a hundred years and see what Clawson looked like. How did people make a living? How did people live and get around? The Clawson Historical Museum’s online virtual tours include information about the town and dozens of illuminating historical images. Go to to learn about 1920s businesses and Clawson’s 1950s building boom, see aerial views of the city, street views throughout the century, planes, trains and automobiles and more.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

Birmingham – December 26, 2018

Birmingham – December 26, 2018

Every Brilliant Thing

Birmingham Youth Assistance and Birmingham Public Schools invite you to see “Every Brilliant Thing” on Thursday, January 17, at 7 p.m. in the Seaholm High School Media Center. The performance follows a child as he grows, facing mental health challenges along the way. The interactive, in-the-round play is performed by R. Kuhl of Tipping Point Theatre and will be followed by a panel discussion. RSVP is required. Call 248.203.4300 or email

Birmingham Public Schools Selects New Superintendent

On Tuesday, December 18, the Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education finalized a 3.5 year contract with Mr. Mark Dziatczak to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools. Dziatczak will begin working with the district the week of January 21, 2019.

“The Board trustees and I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to John Silveri for serving as our Interim Superintendent during this transition,” BPS Board President Kimberly Whitman said. “His service to our district has allowed us to complete a thorough search for a new leader, knowing that our district was in expert hands. We anticipate a seamless transition and look forward to warmly welcoming Mr. Mark Dziatczak to Birmingham Public Schools.”

Mark Dziatczak currently serves Troy School District as the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. Prior to his role as Deputy Superintendent, he held positions with Troy as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction and Principal for Troy High School. Dziatczak began his career in Troy in 1997 as a science and technology teacher at Troy Athens High School. Dziatczak holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University and a Master’s in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University. Currently, Dziatczak is enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Oakland University.

“Know that my resolve for achievement is incredibly strong,” he said. “So is my passion to achieve results. I will be working as hard as I can over the next few weeks to disconnect from my responsibilities to Troy students so that I can engage with Birmingham’s. I’m very excited to set the throttle at full for the initiation of my transition plan and the listening and learning that it features.”

Economic Forecast Breakfast

Join the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber for breakfast at the Bloomfield Open Hunt club on Friday, January 11, from 8 – 9:30 a.m. Featured speaker will be Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Senior Business Economist Paul Traub, who will provide an update on the current state of the U.S. economy. His talk will focus on the economy’s four major sectors: personal consumption, private domestic investment, government consumption and investment, and trade.  Mr. Traub is a member of the team that created the Detroit Economic Activity Index and a frequent speaker on the Michigan economy.

The event includes a plated breakfast. Registration is $30 for Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber members and $40 for non-members.  Reservations are required and can be made at or by calling 248.430.7688.


Baldwin Public Library Board Seeks Student Representative

Are you a teen who loves book? The Board of the Baldwin Public Library is looking for a high school junior who resides in the City of Birmingham, Village of Beverly Hills, Village of Bingham Farms, or the City of Bloomfield Hills to be a student representative to the Baldwin Public Library Board. This one-year term lasts from February 18, 2019 to February 16, 2020. Representatives are expected to attend monthly Library Board meetings and work with Library staff to either assist with a service project or coordinate and implement a teen program during the year.

Visit Baldwinlib.Org/Volunteer for an application. The completed application, essay, and two letters of recommendation are due by January 11, 2019 to Rebekah Craft at the Baldwin Library or by email to

Work for the City of Birmingham

Birmingham has jobs open. If your thing is trees or golf, they may be looking for you!

Parks and Forestry Foreman

Under supervision of the Parks and Recreation Manager, plans, organizes, and directs maintenance activities within city parks, properties, facilities, and in the downtown business district. Plans and directs all aspects of grounds maintenance on city properties. Organizes and directs emergency response activities including snow removal and forestry work. Schedules and supervises downtown maintenance activities, including holiday decoration and special events. Coordinates special projects as assigned. Oversees day-to-day functions and activities of contractors. Assists in preparing division budget and monitoring expenditures. Submit cover letter, resume and completed employment application to the HR Department, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019.

Junior Golf Instructor (Seasonal)

Under direction of the Golf Course Manager, the Junior Golf Instructor is responsible for teaching all aspects of the game of golf, etiquette and character values to over 350 participants in the junior golf program. Also responsible for the supervision and instruction of all group and private lessons, including the neat, orderly and safe set-up and tear-down of instructional areas. Submit cover letter, resume and completed employment application to the HR Department, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January. 25, 2019.

City of Birmingham employment applications are available online at or in the City of Birmingham Human Resources Department, which is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor